(Vatican Radio) Catholic organisations working on HIV and AIDS began a meeting in Durban on Friday, ahead of the 21st International AIDS Conference, due to open in the same South African city next Monday.
The meeting, organised by Caritas Internationalis and the Catholic HIV & AIDS Network, in conjunction with local Southern African partners, brings together many Catholic groups playing a major part in providing diagnosis, care and prevention programmes for people living with the HIV virus.
The papal nuncio to South Africa, Archbishop Peter Wells, and the Archbishop of Durban, Cardinal Wilfred Napier were among those welcoming participants to the opening session of the three day pre-conference.
Another key speaker at the meeting is Msgr. Robert Vitillo, Caritas Internationalis special advisor on HIV and health. He talked to Philippa Hitchen about the goals of the encounter and the progress that faith based organisations have achieved since the first global AIDS conference was held in Durban in the year 2000….